A love maze, a vinyl and pasta party, and a whole lot of new openings – here’s what Broadsheet Adelaide editor Daniela Frangos will be checking out this month.
Lose yourself in love at Hossein Valamanesh’s new solo exhibition this month. Not literally – I don’t advise that – but in his interactive maze premiering at ACE Open tonight. The architectural structure is covered in a near-translucent yellow screen printed with a motif of the Farsi word for love, so guests in the gallery can see you inside the maze. “When someone is seeing you from the outside, you disappear in the middle of love,” the artist told our writer earlier this week. Read more about his work here.
The exhibition is running in conjunction with SALA Festival, a massive, month-long arts festival happening all over the state. We’ve whittled the program of almost 700 events down to 10 highlights. Here are our picks.
If that’s not enough art for you, this month Adelaide’s brand new gallery run by and for APY Lands artists is holding its second exhibition, Tjintu Kuwaritja (A New Day), featuring works created in the adjoining studio. More info here.
Every day, it seems, an email lands in my inbox about a new kitchen takeover or chef collab, and this month there’s more than ever: Whistle & Flute’s Stewart Wesson is cooking at Oddio’s long-table lunch; Matteo Carboni is bringing his Italian cooking school to 2KW; Hobart’s hit restaurant Templo is taking over Nido for a vinyl and pasta party; one of the country’s leading advocates of low-waste cooking, Matt Stone, is hitting the pans at Shobosho; and ex-Garagistes chef Luke Burgess is doing a five-week residency at The Summertown Aristologist.
Another collab, this time in liquid form: Mismatch Brewing Co has teamed up with the west end’s best bars to create a limited-edition West Coast-style IPA in honour of international IPA Day (which fell on August 1). It’s called Westies, and it’s all for a good cause – $2 from every beer poured goes to food-rescue charity OzHarvest. Find it on-tap (until it runs out) at Bank Street Social, Clever Little Tailor, Cry Baby, Hains & Co, Malt & Juniper, Maybe Mae, Udaberri and Alfred’s Bar.
On the other side of town, A Day of Clarity returns this Saturday with more than 40 acts across 11 stages in venues around the east end. Melbourne-based rockers Camp Cope are headlining a packed bill, which also features Jen Cloher, Summer Flake and locals West Thebarton, Fair Maiden, Naomi Keyte, and David Blumberg & The Maraby Band. Plus, it’s free. This’ll be big.
Some very exciting restaurants have landed in the past month. The much-anticipated new one from the Pizzateca crew is finally here, serving Neapolitan pizza made with Italian seawater; a French patisserie and gallery has opened on Hutt Street serving fresh crepes, galettes and a Breton sweet that’s been described as “a near-perfect pastry experience”; British India has returned with a new team, a new menu and a new location (and two types of butter chicken); and vegan yiros truck Staazi and Co has opened a bricks-and-mortar venue in the city.
Put your trusty top-up of caffeine to good use this week when StreetSmart’s annual fundraising campaign returns on August 9. Select cafes across Australia will donate $1 for every coffee sold to a local, grassroots organisation that combats homelessness (you can also chip in extra if you want to do a little bit more to help). In Adelaide, money raised will go to Essentials 4 Women, which provide sanitary items in monthly Period Packs to homeless and domestic violence shelters. Participating cafes in Adelaide include Brick + Mortar, Clement + Herron, Elementary Coffee, Fred Eatery, Tell Henry (both locations), and more. For the full list visit streetsmartaustralia.org.